By Jude Atupulazi
The Vice Presidential candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23, 2019 General Elections, Mr Peter Obi, has blamed Nigeria's retarded development on the failure of leadership. This was contained in his New Year Message made available to Fides by his media office.
The immediate past governor of Anambra State therefore charged Nigerians to use the New Year, 2020, as a spring board to work towards recovering and refocusing this country to find its bearing in the comity of nations.
Obi said that God had destined Nigeria and its people to be great but he regretted that through leadership failings over the years, the country had remained retarded in growth.
'We must all therefore, tell ourselves the truth that this country is dying gradually and all hands must be on deck, in the New Year to redirect the ship of state away from the dyke that it's headed,' he said.
Obi noted that the prevailing hardship in the country, including the needless bloodletting across the country, were all indexes of failure of governance and urged political leaders to refocus their economic policies for growth and development, especially in education and job creation through small and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs.
'Government should also, in the new year strive to seek a pragmatic solution to the increasing security challenges in the country,' he said, while wishing all Nigerians a happy and a prosperous 2020, even as he prayed for enduring Justice and peace in the country.